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Term 3 2020

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As you are aware, the Victorian Government has made some significant announcements about the introduction of new measures for schools across metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire to reduce the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
These include a change to arrangements for schools at the start of term 3.
There will be five student-free days from Monday July 13 to Friday July 17 for all of our students at the Keilor and Niddrie campus and Year 10 students at the Essendon Campus Students at the Essendon campus will attend VCE and VCAL classes from July 13th.
Classes are expected to resume for all students on Monday 20th July 2020.
During this period teachers will be completing their planning for a return to school and the possibility of a return to online learning.
We like all of you, feel unsettled by this, however if the decision is made to resume remote learning in term 3 the college is in a strong position. The positive learning experiences of term 2 with further planning and refinement will ensure that all students of Essendon Keilor College will be supported to learn and achieve together.
As soon as the Department of Education release further details, we will inform you of our plans in term 3.
Stay well,

Return to School from May 26

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Following advice from the Victorian Government on Tuesday 12 May, some students will be returning to school from Tuesday 26 May.

The Victorian Chief Health Officer has advised that it is safe for Victorian school students and teachers to return to on-site schooling in a two-staged approach:

  • Stage 1 – from Tuesday 26 May

Early years students (Prep to Grade 2) and senior secondary students (Year 11 and 12) undertaking the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL), and all specialist school students will return to on-site schooling. All staff will attend on-site.

 

  • Stage 2 – from Tuesday 9 June

Grade 3 to Year 10 students will return to on-site schooling, subject to health advice.

The Department’s latest advice on can be found at www.education.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

Mother’s Day Tribute 2020

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The Essendon Campus Hall building has been glowing pink to celebrate and honour all mums.

Thank you to all mums for the love and support.

Essendon Keilor College Open Day – Postponed until further notice

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Tours have been postponed until further notice.

Virtual tours of each Campus will be posted on our website shortly.

Enrolment inquiries please contact each campus via phone or the email links on our website.

Year 7 – 9 Niddrie Campus

Peters Street Airport West – Phone 9375 8400

Year 7 – 9 Keilor Campus

Quinn Grove East Keilor – Phone 8331 0109

Year 10 – 12 Essendon Campus

286 Buckley Street Essendon – Phone 9319 1300

Vale Bob Semple OAM BEM 1920–2020 former Essendon High School student

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Bob Semple OAM BEM 1920–2020

Bob Semple OAM BEM, one of the last Rats of Tobruk, died on 16 January at the age of 99.

21 April 2020

The eldest of four children, Bob was born on 4 May 1920 in Essendon, the suburb in which he lived his entire life.

His uncle was among the Anzacs killed during the Gallipoli landings on 25 April 1915, and Bob was determined to join up when the Second World War broke out. He was just 19, and had to get his parents’ permission.

Bob joined the Royal Australian Artillery, was sent to the Middle East and found himself at Tobruk. For eight long months in 1941, 14,000 Australian and other Allied troops held the strategic Libyan port in what was to be one of the longest sieges in British military history.

‘You had to try and win the game because if you weren’t there to try and win the game, you were wasting your time,’ Bob said.

He recalled the psychological and physical toll that holding Tobruk exacted on the defenders, particularly the incessant attacks from Stuka dive-bombers. An enduring and sad memory he carried was of the tragedy involving ten of his mates who were all killed when an artillery shell hit a truck in which they were travelling.

Bob also served in Lebanon and at Al Alamein and later in New Guinea.

When he returned to Melbourne on leave in 1944 he married his sweetheart, Isabel Buchanan, at his local church in Essendon. He ended the war in North Borneo. Bob attained the rank of sergeant and was discharged on 13 November 1945.

Bob became Drum Major of the Hawthorn City Pipe Band and chieftain of Pipe Bands Australia. He performed in Red Square in Moscow and at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Scotland four times. He also became President of the Victorian Rats of Tobruk Association.

Bob returned three times to the desert, where he played the lament at the war cemetery at El Alamein, and visited the graves of his mates who are buried side-by-side in the desert sand. Looking back, he wondered how he managed to survive it all.

‘I’ve been at reunions where you would just look at one another, and say nothing, and the tears would just roll down the faces … to shed a tear is not a disgrace in my book.’

Bob featured in a commemorative stamp issued by DVA and Australia Post in 2018.

full account of Bob Semple’s wartime experiences is on the Australian War Memorial website.

ANZAC DAY 2020

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They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

Essendon Keilor College – Corona Update Term 2

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Essendon Keilor College – Corona Update Term 2

Following advice from the Victorian Government on Tuesday 7 April, Essendon Keilor College will be moving to remote and flexible learning from Term 2 (beginning with a pupil-free day on Tuesday 14th April).
This is a step all Victorian government schools are taking to help slow the spread of corona virus (COVID-19). This means that all students who can learn at home must learn from home. This is a very clear directive from the Victorian Government based on the advice of the Chief Health Officer.
We will continue to offer limited on-site learning for those students who need to access this, including for students on days when they are not able to be supervised at home and no other arrangements can be made. Essendon Keilor College families need to check Compass posts for specific Campus details.
The Department’s latest advice on corona virus can be found at

https://www.education.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

It is important that we work together and support each other during this challenging time. We will be in touch with staff and parents and carers shortly with further details of what remote and flexible learning will look like at our school.
In the meantime, you might find it useful to look at the Department’s Learning from Home website. It provides resources and guidance for teachers and parents and carers.

https://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/department/Pages/learningfromhome.aspx

Essendon Keilor College – Update March 22: CORONAVIRUS

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Many of us have been following media reports today concerned about what the next few weeks will hold for our families, our schools, our workplaces and our homes.  It is important to continue to follow the advice given by the Australian and Victorian governments. This includes bringing forward school holidays to commence on Tuesday 24th  March. The decision on whether to re-open schools after the Term 1 holidays on Wednesday 15th April, will be determined following advice from the Chief Health Officer.  If school closures continue after the Term 1 holidays teachers will be providing online learning.